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Solar Gem Greenhouse

From $2,030 at Solar Gem Greenhouses


A reliable greenhouse can be a game-changer when it comes to self-sufficiency. Greenhouses can extend your growing season and provide a more controlled environment to give your plants the best chance possible. Wrap those benefits up in a tough, no-fuss package with tons of utility and multiple uses, and you have the American-made Solar Gem Greenhouse. As editor Russell Mullin puts it, “My Solar Gem Greenhouse is a hassle-free, multipurpose structure that, after a few personal customizations, I also use as an outdoor washroom (complete with a solar shower and composting toilet) and storage shed for garden tools.”

Despite being tough, Solar Gem Greenhouses are also lightweight because of their one-piece fiberglass construction and ribbed Gothic-arch design. The automatic ceiling vents open and close, depending on the temperature, without relying on electricity or thermostats, and the entire structure has a smooth, marine-grade gel-coat exterior that won’t discolor.

With multiple sizes to choose from and a whole line of cedar worktables and accessories, it’s easy to create a space that functions just how you need it to. Russell says, “I ordered my medium greenhouse with a door at either end because I plan to use a third of the interior as a chicken house that will open up to an area of annually rotating chicken runs and garden beds. The extra warmth generated by the chickens, along with the addition of thermal mass in the form of stored water, should help extend my growing season significantly.”

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